Aluminum, plastic, carbon - lightweight bearing assemblies with in- tegrated wire race bearings have been successfully implemented in many different combinations of materials. Laser sintered aluminum rings from 3D printers makes it possible to create a honeycomb struc- ture inside the housing parts, which makes the ring, at the same time, light and stiff.
3D printing stands for production processes in which objects are built up in layers of metal particles. This is called additive process. This represents a reversal of conventional methods which are associated in general with the removal of material, for example in the form of chips.
Through elaborate investigation and analysis, we are able to design the mating structure of our wire race bearings in such a way that material and thicknesses meet the load situation of the application. The choice of the material - often aluminum - is taken into account. The layered structure of the parts gives us completely new possibilities in design. Internal honeycomb structures, varying wall thicknesses and even a mix of materials is possible.
The principle of Franke wire race bearings helps to deal with the load situation. All loads are initially absorbed by the raceways of the bearing wires. Texture and material of the mating structure can be freely selected. Wire-race bearings are thus ideally suited for 3D components.